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Turkish Press Review, 11th August 2014

In the country's first-ever presidential election decided by popular vote, Erdogan was elected by an absolute majority to serve a five-year term, receiving a 51.8 percent share of the vote.  HABERTURK ran the headline: "Historical victory of Erdogan", saying the result proved the "national will". The paper quoted Erdogan as saying: "Let's leave all the old debates in the old Turkey." Erdogan, addressing a large crowd on Sunday night in his now-customary post-victory 'balcony speech' said Turkey had taken the first step towards a "new era". He expressed his gratitude to the nation as Turkey's 12th president and said the "national will" and democracy were the victors in the election. "Today the national will won once again, today democracy won once again," he told thousands of cheering supporters. "Those who didn’t vote for me won as much as those who did, those who don’t like me won as much as those who do." Pointing to his 'inclusive messages' to all citizens in Turkey, YENI SAFAK covered the issue under the headline: "Welcome new Turkey".  The daily said Erdogan "walked all over" the opposition candidates with his victory. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the joint candidate of Turkey's two largest opposition parties CHP and MHP, claimed 38.3 percent of the vote while Selahattin Demirtas, the candidate of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party HDP, got 9.7 percent. 

HURRIYET focused on Erdogan's post-victory speech in which he stressed "a new process of social reconciliation". "We are all the children of this country; we should see our differences as richness. Let's build our future by highlighting shared values," the paper quoted him as saying. 

Sunday's election was the first round of scheduled; however, Erdogan's victory made a second round scheduled for August 24 unnecessary the Supreme Election Board confirmed late Sunday.

"(Erdogan) Achieved in first round" is how MILLIYET covered the issue, listing his previous achievements of three general elections, three local elections, and two referendums. 

The daily also included how the global media covered the news. 

American news agency, the Associated Press, said that Erdogan had vowed to transform the presidency from a largely ceremonial post into a powerful position.

Reuters said that Erdogan is set to secure his place in history as Turkey's first popularly-elected president on Sunday. 

"Turkish strongman cements role as the nation's leader for the next five years," The Telegraph reported. 

More than 53 million Turks were eligible to vote on Sunday, and the turnout was at 73 percent, according to unofficial results.

In more than 50 countries and customs gates, the turnout at voting stations was low with only around 411,000 of 2.7 million expat voters casting ballots between July 31 and August 2.

STAR dedicated almost half of its front page to a picture of a smiling Erdogan, describing him as the leader of new Turkey. 

The paper claimed the opposition parties MHP and CHP were completely defeated with their joint candidate getting less votes than the two parties' total votes in March 30 local elections. 

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party, HDP, however, increased its vote with Demirtas, who VATAN said is "another winner" of Sunday's presidential elections. 

Erdogan will take over the presidency from current President Abdullah Gul when he has sworn in as president on August 28; and his ruling AK Party will look for a new leader. 

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